The delay was to privately discuss the city's bankruptcy case with attorneys.
"Hey, we were up there saving you guys money, about $300,000," Councilwoman Wendy McCammack good-naturedly told a resident complaining about the delay, as she and others apologized.
During the open-session discussion, several items on the day's agenda were delayed until a special meeting called for Thursday at 3 p.m., while others drew only limited disagreement.
Among the unanimous decisions was the acceptance of the two sets of City Council minutes from December - a routine item most government bodies approve shortly after the meeting described in those minutes.
But the city hadn't approved minutes for months - since before it filed for bankruptcy - drawing criticism from attorneys from the California Public Employee Retirement System at the city's last appearance in bankruptcy court Dec. 21.
CalPERS wanted to review the city's meetings for evidence the city didn't qualify for bankruptcy protection, as the pension system is contending in court.
That was one of several revelations made before bankruptcy Judge Meredith Jury reversed her tentative ruling and decided to allow several months of discovery. City officials had contended that the process of digging into thousands of documents and interviewing officials would take time they need to spend dealing with their budget crisis, but Jury said the scarcity of official information - like minutes - indicated those objecting to the city's bankruptcy needed to get information from other sources.
City Clerk Gigi Hanna recently gave 15 sets of minutes to the city attorney's office, which had time to review the legality of the most recent two, City Attorney James F. Penman said.
The city said at the Dec. 21 hearing that it planned to hire several finance experts to help with the process of discovery and other financial issues, and on Monday it was set to approve a $200,000 contract with ProStaff to perform those services.
That item and two others were delayed until the Thursday meeting because the Finance Department was not prepared to present the items, Hanna said.
The council's next regularly scheduled meeting is Jan. 22.
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